Washington, D.C. -- Representative Mulvaney released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of "No Budget, No Pay":
"Today, I voted in favor of the "No Budget, No Pay" bill that passed the House. I did so for a simple reason: this is a first step, albeit a small one, toward curing Washington's addiction to spending.
As every family knows, part of getting your household finances in order is to set a budget. And folks know that if they don't set a budget, they will likely just continue to spend. Congress is no different, and it is imperative that we pass a budget. In fact we are required by law to do so...the only problem is there is no penalty if we violate that law.
And, in large part because of that glaring weakness in our budget laws, the Senate has failed to prepare a budget for almost four years. That has to stop.
This bill provides a simple remedy to the problem: if either the House or the Senate fail to pass a budget, then the Members who fail to meet their legal obligations don't get paid. It seems pretty reasonable. After all, if you don't do your job, you don't get paid. Neither should we.
While I would've liked to have seen us take an even bigger step toward that goal, we have to realize, as Republicans and conservatives, that we lost the chance to do that on November 6. Any progress we can make now is absolutely critical."